The Canal Winchester water department will flush fire hydrants between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during September.

The Canal Winchester water department will flush fire hydrants between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during September.

Residents who see hydrants being flushed on their streets should avoid running tap water, washing machines or dishwashers until the work in the area is finished.

During or immediately after hydrant flushing, tap water may be discolored by sediment. This does not affect the quality or taste of the water and poses no health threat.

In some cases, the discoloration could last for several hours. Residents should avoid doing laundry during scheduled flushing hours. The water department suggests waiting until water runs clear from the tap, then begin with a load of dark laundry. More information, including a schedule of when hydrants in each neighborhood will be flushed, is available by calling the water department at (614) 837-5623.